It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas!

One of the things that I love about the holidays in San Diego are the performances!  As an avid theater lover, I must admit to enjoying the tug at my heartstrings when attending a Christmas musical or a holiday play.  So as a little gift for you, my blog-reading friends….a list of some of my favorite shows!  I highly recommend that you try to see at least one of them this season.  It’ll help you get into the holiday spirit!

An American Christmas

Lamb’s Players Theatre has 2 great options.  Visit their Coronado theater to see their Festival of Music.  This year’s musical is “It’s Christmas and It’s Live!” – a fun story set in the early 50’s that follows a young quartet trying to make it big on TV.  Or if you REALLY want to be enveloped by the holiday spirit, visit the Hotel Del Coronado where LPT puts on “An American Christmas” – a night of singing, performances and a 5-course Christmas dinner – all in the beautifully decorated Hotel Del ballroom!

Cygnet Theater puts on a fantastic stage version of a radio show performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life“.   Whether you are old enough to remember listening to holiday stories on the radio, or just want to experience this classic story in a different way, Cygnet does a great job of spreading the holiday cheer in this fun-filled performance.

And any listing of holiday performances would be severely lacking without mention of the Old Globe Theater’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”!  These guys go all out!  From fantastic costumes, to vibrant set design – they even make it “snow” inside the theater!  What a great performance to take the kids (and those who are still kids at heart) to!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Also, if you’ve got the chance, check out the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops performances.  There is just something about the melding of symphony music and choirs that says it’s the holidays for me…

So, take a few minutes out of your hectic holiday shopping schedule and immerse yourself in a holiday wonderland for a couple of hours.  You won’t regret it!

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About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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